The historic summer drought is losing its grip on Indiana. The U.S. Drought Monitor released its latest findings Thursday morning. Less of central Indiana is in a severe drought than one week ago. Most Hoosier counties are currently in a moderate drought. A severe drought continues in southern Indiana were conditions are extremely dry. Rainfall is about three inches below normal for Indianapolis, 14 inches lower in Bloomington and ten inches below normal in Evansville.
The summer drought continues to impact corn yields. A U.S. Department of Agriculture Crop Production report says the nation‘s corn crop could be just 10.7 billion bushels, that‘s down 13 percent from 2011. Those numbers represent the smallest corn crop since 2006.
Indiana‘s corn and soybean yield projections held steady from August to September.